WORLD Turkey's top diplomat to visit Egypt as relations ease


Turkey's top diplomat to visit Egypt as relations ease


21:21, March 17, 2023

Turkey's top diplomat will visit Egypt on Saturday as relations ease after a decade of strained ties, Cairo's foreign ministry said.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks at a press conference after a tripartite meeting in Antalya, Turkey, March 10, 2022. (File photo: Xinhua)

It follows a visit last month by Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry to Turkey in a show of solidarity after the devastating earthquake that claimed tens of thousands of lives in Turkey and neighbouring Syria.

The visit to Cairo by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will "kick off the return to normal relations between the two countries", the ministry said.

Relations ran into trouble after the 2013 ouster of Egypt's Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, an ally of Turkey.

At the time, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would "never" speak to "anyone" like Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

But in November, Sisi and Erdogan shook hands in Qatar, in what the Egyptian presidency heralded as a new beginning in their ties, and the two leaders then spoke by telephone after the earthquake in February.

A Turkish delegation visited Egypt in May 2021 to discuss "normalisation".

However, while diplomatic exchanges were once frosty, business never stopped -- in 2022, Turkey was the largest importer of Egyptian products totalling $4 billion.

Terms of Service & Privacy Policy

We have updated our privacy policy to comply with the latest laws and regulations. The updated policy explains the mechanism of how we collect and treat your personal data. You can learn more about the rights you have by reading our terms of service. Please read them carefully. By clicking AGREE, you indicate that you have read and agreed to our privacy policies

Agree and continue